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COVID-19 : Traveling to Mexico during the covid-19 pandemic: what you need to know

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. – If you plan to travel to Mexico, here is what you should know and expect if you want to visit the country during the covid-19 pandemic.

The basics

Mexico is open to tourists. There is no need to provide a negative PCR test or quarantine on arrival, although most resorts ask guests to complete health questionnaires.

The land border between Mexico and the United States is closed for non-essential travel until at least March 21. However, air travel is allowed.

US travelers should remember that they will need a negative COVID-19 test result taken 72 hours or less before travel to return to the US.

The U.S. Embassy says that antigen and PCR test results are reliably available within 72 hours in Mexico.

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What is offered?

Amazing food, stunning beaches, lively towns, and historic ruins.

While the beach resorts around Cancun attract the bulk of visitors, those who want more go for the cultural weight of Mexico City, the Baja California coast, and traditional towns like Oaxaca.

Who can go?

Mexico has some of the loosest border restrictions currently, and anyone can travel by air for business or pleasure.

What are the restrictions?

Travelers to the country must complete a health declaration form and scan the QR code that it generates upon arrival.

There is no need to do a pre-departure test or carry out any kind of quarantine. Those concerned that they may have symptoms should ask for the health organization Sanidad Internacional.

The land border with the United States remains closed to all but essential travel, while the southern border with Guatemala has also been subject to periodic closures.

What is the situation of the covid?

Mexico had registered more than 2 million cases of Covid-19 and more than 180,000 deaths as of February 22 (although some believe that the number is higher).

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been criticized for taking a laissez-faire approach to the virus.

The restrictions have not been far-reaching and life has continued normally for many, which critics say has led to such high rates of death and infection.

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What can visitors expect?

Mexico has a four-level traffic light restriction system, with red meaning maximum restrictions, orange limiting capacity in public spaces and at work to 30%, yellow allowing all work to resume and public meetings to take place , and green which means there are no restrictions there.

See a color-coded map here.

As of February 22, most states were classified as orange. Only the state of Chiapas, in southern Mexico, was listed in green.

Mexico City, designated as orange, has taken strict measures, with fluctuating restrictions on restaurants and bars.

Visitors are likely to find the situation different depending on where they are traveling in the country, with varying local restrictions.

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Joe Minihane, Julia Buckley, Forrest Brown, and Marnie Hunter contributed to this report.